Mexico Beach resident founds community garden


A community garden has opened at Under the Palms Park in Mexico Beach. Project leader April Wisdom aims to see the gardens help the community both environmentally and socially.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

April Wisdom lives in what she called the “fruit desert.”

The Mexico Beach resident aimed to change her own perceptions of the area by founding a community garden at the Under the Palms Park on 7th Street that would connect locals and bring fresh food into the community.

“It’s hard to find fresh produce,” said Wisdom. “And there are zero organic options available here.”

Wisdom’s project was given the green light by the Mexico Beach City Council in October when she presented the idea, needing only the land and for the city to pay the water bill.

Her reasoning was simple: Mexico Beach is home to a large number of apartments and condos, most of which don’t have a yard. Even when they do, Florida’s soil and the strong Gulf winds make growing produce difficult.

By day, Wisdom is the head of the health promotions department in the 325th Medical Group at Tyndall Air Force Base.

She said that her professional background played a huge role in starting the venture.

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